Spirit of Shackleton

Experience the best of Antarctica on this complete tour

22

days

Polar

From $12,820 Land only

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Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • Spend 2 days in the Falkland Islands
  • 3 full days exploring Shackleton`s South Georgia
  • See penguins, whales and seabirds from the ship
  • Zodiac trips to shore, kayak excursions, camping option!

This is the ultimate Antarctic and subantarctic Polar Expedition/Cruise holiday where we can experience vast penguin rookeries and seal colonies on Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. On our ship the MS Expedition we visit the Falkland Islands and South Georgia before travelling to the Antarctic Peninsula. With this full itinerary we ensure that we have the best opportunity to see all the wildlife of the area, for example King Penguins and the Albatross which breed on South Georgia, but not on the Antarctica Peninsula. Here on South Georgia we can walk quietly amongst the king penguins and watching them surf onto the beach. Unique wildlife is also seen on our 2 day stop at the Falkland Islands. The 22-day voyage also illuminates Shackleton's legend and recounts his courageous exploration of Antarctica. We visit historical sites of the explorers, as well as Shackleton's final resting place. Antarctica is beyond comprehension and sure to amaze any traveller seeking a true adventure to the world's most remote wilderness.

explore international

Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

 

Polar PHD yukon jacket

Free PHD Yukon Down Jacket worth nearly £300 with every booking! Everyone booking a cruise will receive a FREE PHD Yukon Down Jacket worth nearly £300. Made with probably the warmest down in the world (grade 900), this quality jacket was designed to keep competitors warm at -35C during the Yukon Arctic Ultra sled dog race. Naturally, it's also perfect for spotting wildlife from the deck of your cruise ship. Jackets will be sent out on receipt of full payment.

Is this holiday for you?

This is principally a touring, sightseeing and wildlife viewing holiday, with minimal exertion required. If you choose to go ashore, you will need to make the transfers from the ship to a Zodiac and onto land. Short walks The Falklands, South Georgia and on the Antarctic Peninsula are optional and weather dependent. You should also consider that some of the classes of accommodation involve the use of bunk-beds. Whilst on deck or during excursions, you need to be prepared for cold temperatures. The itinerary remains flexible, according to the variability of the weather and sea conditions at these southerly latitudes. On certain departures you can book kayaking, experience is essential for these kayaking excursions. A night camping on Antarctic is also possible. All equipment is provided for kayaking and camping. Early booking is essential. Cabin upgrades are also available.

Please see our online Polar Guide for the differences between our departures, ships and more Polar information.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at group hotel in Ushuaia. Transfers from Ushuaia Airport are provided.
  • Free day in Ushuaia.
  • Morning in Ushuaia. Afternoon transfer to board the MS Expedition ship.
  • Sail to Falklands Islands.
  • In the Falkland Islands.
  • Port Stanley, Falkland Islands.
  • Sail to South Georgia.
  • Sail to South Georgia.
  • Arrive South Georgia.
  • Exploring South Georgia.
  • Exploring South Georgia.
  • Exploring South Georgia.
  • Sail to Elephant Island.
  • Elephant Island and onwards to the South Shetlands Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.
  • Exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.
  • Exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.
  • Exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.
  • Exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.
  • Return crossing over the Drake Passage
  • Return crossing over the Drake Passage
  • We disembark the M/S Expedition in the morning. Ushuaia Airport transfers are provided.
2016
Tue 22 Nov - Tue 13 Dec Code PSS /02/16/ Adult$12,820 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • Spirit of Shackleton
  • The departure reference for this tour is PSS /02/16/
  • This tour begins on Tue 22 Nov and departs on Tue 13 Dec
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $1,400
  • Contact us for single room pricing - Single Supplement available for all cabins except CAT.1 and CAT1.A. Call KE for pricing.
2017
Tue 10 Jan - Tue 31 Jan Code PSS /01/17/ Adult$16,020 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • Spirit of Shackleton
  • The departure reference for this tour is PSS /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Tue 10 Jan and departs on Tue 31 Jan
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $1,400
  • Contact us for single room pricing - Single Supplement available for all cabins except CAT.1 and CAT1.A. Call KE for pricing.
Wed 22 Nov - Wed 13 Dec Code PSS /02/17/ Adult$12,825 Status Guaranteed Book now
More information
  • Spirit of Shackleton
  • The departure reference for this tour is PSS /02/17/
  • This tour begins on Wed 22 Nov and departs on Wed 13 Dec
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $1,400
  • Contact us for single room pricing - Single Supplement available for all cabins except CAT.1 and CAT1.A. Call KE for pricing.
2018
Wed 10 Jan - Wed 31 Jan Code PSS /01/18/ Adult$16,825 Status Guaranteed Book now
More information
  • Spirit of Shackleton
  • The departure reference for this tour is PSS /01/18/
  • This tour begins on Wed 10 Jan and departs on Wed 31 Jan
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $1,400
  • Contact us for single room pricing - Single Supplement available for all cabins except CAT.1 and CAT1.A. Call KE for pricing.
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Ushuaia. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Ushaia Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

Final Balance

Full payment for all Polar Cruises is 14 weeks prior to departure. Early booking is recommended as flights  fill early and cabin choice can be more limited nearer to departure.

*Discounts available on CAT 3 - 5 cabins


Medical Form

Please note that for all our Polar Cruises you are required to complete a confidential medical form. This will be sent to you with your booking confirmation.


Upgrade Price per person and cabins

Our base price for this holiday includes accommodation in a quad cabin with porthole. It is possible to upgrade to cabins with triple or twin berth twin with porthole, or twin with window or superior/suite. If you are travelling on your own you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Please contact the office for further details on upgrade prices. All cabins and have private en-suite bathrooms. 

Cabin Upgrades

All prices are per person.  If you are paying in US$ or € the exact price will be calculated at the current exchange rate when booking.  Please contact the KE team for an exact price and availability.

CAT 1A (quad cabin) - This is our base price as listed above, if you would like to upgrade the cost below is in addition to this.

CAT 1 (triple cabin) - from £600

CAT 2 (twin with porthole) - from £2300

CAT 3 (twin with window) - from £4150

CAT 4 (twin with picture window) - from £5600

CAT 5 (queen bed with picture window) - from £6400

 

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at group hotel in Ushuaia. Transfers from Ushuaia Airport are provided.

    Meet at group hotel in Ushuaia. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight stay at the group hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Free day in Ushuaia.

    An opportunity to look around the world’s most southerly city. This is a contingency day in case of any delays to your international flights.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Morning in Ushuaia. Afternoon transfer to board the MS Expedition ship.

    The morning is free for independent sightseeing in and around Ushuaia or for any last minute purchases you need for the trip. In the afternoon we embark on the M/S Expedition and settle in to our cabin. We gather for an initial briefing and enjoy our first sailing this evening through the Beagle Channel.

    • Accommodation Boat

    • Meals bd

  • Sail to Falklands Islands.

    Our adventure begins with our passage east to the Falkland Islands. Today we have time to familiarise ourselves with the ship and its routines. There are several common areas including the lounge, dining hall, library, presentation room and outside viewing areas where we look out for our first sightings of icebergs, whales and albatross which follow in the ship's wake. We will also start our daily lectures and get to know the guides and crew.

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  • In the Falkland Islands.

    The Falkland Islands provide a rare opportunity to witness the biological diversity and extraordinary scenery of the southern islands. Penguins and albatross are abundant here, and the world's largest colony of the endangered Black Browed albatross is found on Steeple Jason Island in the far northwest corner of the Falkland Islands. Using the ship's zodiacs to get in close or to make landings, we will visit a number of colonies to view the populations of albatross, Rockhopper Penguins, Gentoo Penguins, Southern Giant Petrels, Prions, Falkland Skuas, and Striated Cara-Caras. On board we will hear from our experts about the habitat and habits of these birds.

    • Accommodation Boat

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  • Port Stanley, Falkland Islands.

    A further day to explore the Falkland Islands. We visit the capital, Port Stanley which provides an opportunity to meet the hardy local inhabitants. Originally strategically important as a deep water port for ships sailing through the Straits of Magellan, when the Panama Canal opened in 1914, the focus of Port Stanley's economy shifted to whaling and sealing. It became an important coaling station for the Royal Navy when steam took over from sail and when the airport was built in 1972, the town became a major staging point for the British Antarctic Survey. Most people will have heard of Port Stanley for the 10 weeks in 1982 when the town was occupied by an invading military force from Argentina. The British government sent a flotilla in response and after some skirmishes at sea including the sinking of two ships, the British surrounded Port Stanley and forced the surrender of the occupiers. Since 1982 the Falklands have received a lot of investment and today the economy is based on fishing and tourism, particularly eco and wildlife tourism. The town's architecture is a cross between Greenland and Suffolk with low storied housing in bright colours, splendid stone churches and traditional red post and telephone boxes.

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  • Sail to South Georgia.

    Leaving the Falkland Islands we sailing east on a course for South Georgia Island. Our days at sea are filled with wildlife sightings including whales and slide shows from our team of experts to prepare us for landings.

    • Accommodation Boat

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  • Sail to South Georgia.

    All through our time on the MS Expedition we can attend lectures hosted throughout the day on everything from local wildlife to geology to history. The MS Expedition has one of the highest ratios of expedition team members to guests – with one expert for every ten guests there is always someone on hand to answer questions and provide greater insight and appreciation of the world at its extremes. The expedition team is comprised of professional and highly skilled historians, marine biologists, and naturalists who offer keen insight and a unique personal perspective to each and every adventure.

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  • Arrive South Georgia.

    On the third day after leaving Port Stanley we will be in sight of South Georgia and depending on our progress may be able to make a landing on this day.

    • Accommodation Boat

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  • Exploring South Georgia.

    Spend three days exploring South Georgia Island if weather permits. Observe a large colony of King penguins, the second largest species of penguin that stand almost 100cm (3 ft) tall. Nearby islands are the nesting grounds for Wandering albatross, a species of albatross that only stays on land to breed and eat. Hopefully in the three days in the area the group will get a chance to spot one of these majestic sea birds during the small amount of time it spends on land.
    We will visit Stromness where Shackleton reached after crossing the island's mountainous interior and his grave in the church at Grytviken where he died.

    • Accommodation Boat

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  • Exploring South Georgia.

    South Georgia is a British overseas territory which is just about as remote from Britain as it gets. The island was first claimed for Britain by Captain James Cook who made the first known landing in 1775. The island was named in honour of the then King George III. Throughout the 19th century South Georgia was a base for sealing and from the beginning of the 20th century this developed into whaling also. A Norwegian, Carl Anton Larsen, established the first land-based whaling station at Grytviken in 1904 which continued to operate for the next 60 years until whaling was ended. A total of seven whaling stations were established non the island all along the sheltered north coast. It was a harsh life in bitter conditions and not a particularly pleasant place to live with the stench of whale blubber filling the air. With the end of the whaling industry, the stations were abandoned and the hardy men left. The island is not entirely uninhabited though and the present residents are the British Government Officer, Deputy Postmaster and the various scientists, and support staff from the British Antarctic Survey who maintain scientific bases at Bird Island and at the capital, King Edward Point. There are also staff employed to run a museum in the original whaling station at Grytviken where some original buildings including the church have been preserved for posterity. A story which will forever be associated with South Georgia is that of Shackleton's epic voyage in a tiny boat across 800 miles of stormy Southern Ocean to land on South Georgia, resulting in the rescue of the marooned 22 men of his Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914–17.

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  • Exploring South Georgia.

    There is so much to see on this very remote island of South Georgia that we have another day here to ensure that we can make the most of the experience.

    • Accommodation Boat

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  • Sail to Elephant Island.

    We now turn south retracing Shackleton's route backwards as we head towards Elephant Island on the outer fringes of the South Shetland Islands. Shackleton's journey from Elephant Island in a ship's life boat christened the James Caird took him fifteen perilous days. We hope to do it in two! During the voyage we will once again be edified and entertained by our team of on-board experts and there are further opportunities for wildlife watching.

    • Accommodation Boat

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  • Elephant Island and onwards to the South Shetlands Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

    As we approach the South Shetlands our wildlife observations increase and we can see penguins gathering with their fast-growing chicks and whales in greater numbers, while seals haul out onto ice floes and beaches with numerous albatross and other seabirds trailing in our wake. Elephant Island is famously the place where the 28 men of Shackleton's expedition made landfall after their ship, the Endurance was crushed by pack ice in the Weddell Sea. After a harrowing journey over the ice and finally on the sea in three small lifeboats, they arrived on the barren and uninhabited Elephant Island - the only solid ground for miles. It was from here that Shackleton set off with five others to make the historic voyage to South Georgia, an incredible feat of navigation and seamanship by any standards.

    • Accommodation Boat

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  • Exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.

    This is what we've all been waiting for - a chance to explore step foot on the Great White Continent! Over the next few days the MS Expedition will navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and to the Antarctic Peninsula.

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  • Exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.

    We experience some of the most unique wildlife viewing and inspiring scenery in the world while setting foot on the Antarctic continent. We attempt two shore landings per day, but the itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions. The whole area teems with wildlife activity - Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie penguin rookeries with their fast-growing chicks, Orca, Humpback and Minke whales are seen, Weddell, Crabeater and Leopard seals haul out onto ice floes and beaches, and numerous albatross and other seabirds trail in our wake.

    • Accommodation Boat

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  • Exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.

    During the days here there may also be options to explore the coastline in sea kayaks and to spend a night camped on the Antarctic Peninsula itself. These are only available on certain departures.
    Polar Plunge…You remembered to pack your bathing suit, right? Depending on weather conditions, you can opt to do the polar plunge and jump into the frigid waters of the Antarctic. Convince some of your fellow passengers to join and you’ll be left with an amazing group experience no one will ever forget!

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  • Exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.

    On this through voyage we have extra days cruising in the Antarctic Peninsula. This enables us to go further to seek out the wildlife and also spending more time in certain areas if we have good sightings. If we have taken the kayaking option then we have more opportunity paddle in these serene peaceful waters.

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  • Exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.

    These extra days also allow us to listen to further presentations by the staff. This will give us a superb insight into the wildlife and environment issues and we will come home feeling that we have gained a huge amount of knowledge about this amazing continent. This once in a lifetime trip and it is worth that little bit extra to spend extra time here.

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  • Return crossing over the Drake Passage

    We now head north again leaving this incredible continent and crossing over the 400-mile Drake Passage, named after the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. Over the two day crossing we enjoy some final lectures by our expedition staff who by now will be well known to us.

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  • Return crossing over the Drake Passage

    From the viewing decks we catch some final glimpses of the birds and whales in this extraordinary part of the world before relaxing in our comfortable cruise home as we return to Ushuaia.

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  • We disembark the M/S Expedition in the morning. Ushuaia Airport transfers are provided.

    Having arrived in Ushuaia during the night, we disembark the M/S Expedition in the morning. Ushuaia Airport transfers are provided.

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Holiday Information

  • Expert Expedition staff
  • Ushuaia arrival airport transfers
  • Single timed departure transfer to airport or into Ushuaia
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Shore excursions and Zodiac cruises in Antarctica with expert expedition team
  • Waterproof boots
  • Lecture and guidance programs during the expedition
  • Antarctica destination guide book
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for staff
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Cost of optional excursions - Kayaking and overnight camping on Antarctica (see extensions)
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

Onboard the ship a diverse range of international dishes is available. Meals are prepared and catered by professional chefs and all meals are included in the trip price. Dining is casual, tables are unassigned and the dining room is capable of seating the entire passenger compliment at one time. There is always a selection of different meals available with plenty of options for vegetarians. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated with advance notice (please advise us at time of booking). Coffee, tea and water are all provided free of charge. All other beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic are not included and can be purchased in the dining room, pub or the lounge.

All meals whilst on board the M/S Expedition are included. Breakfasts are included while staying in the hotel in Ushuaia. All other meals you will pay for directly. In practice this amounts to a total of 2 dinners and 1 lunch while in Ushuaia.
The group will meet at the group hotel in Ushuaia. Airport transfers to the hotel are included for all clients arriving into Ushuaia. Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights and should let us know if airport transfers are not required. On day 3 the group will be met at 4pm and transferred to the ship for departure.

Upon completion of the 08:00 disembarkation in Ushuaia, passengers will receive a complimentary transfer to either the airport or a central location where luggage can be stored.

For those on morning flights, the 08:00 transfer will bring them directly to Ushuaia airport. The rest of the passengers will be transferred to the luggage storage point and given time to explore the city. These passengers should then return to retrieve their luggage and board a second transfer to Ushuaia airport at 12:30 or 16:30, depending on their flight times. Please note that the transfer times are subject to change according to flight schedules.

With the understanding that most will be needing to connect to their International flights in Buenos Aires, you can arrange departure flights from Ushuaia starting from around 09:00 onwards. Although if possible, we suggest you consider booking after 11:00 as this will provide additional time to connect.

Alternatively if you have post-trip accommodation a transfer to your hotel is provided or you can be dropped off in town where you can store luggage and then hire a taxi to the airport later. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
During this trip the group will spend 2 nights at an hotel in Ushuaia at the start of the trip. The following 18 nights are spent on board the M/S Expedition Polar Cruise Ship. Accommodation on board is based on a quad cabin with porthole (CAT.1A). If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with other single clients of the same sex. Cabin upgrades to triples, twins and cabins with larger windows are possible as well as singles, all depending on availability. Please contact the office for prices and availability. There is a laundry onboard for a nominal charge. Additional hotel nights in Ushuaia are also available.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

After breakfast in the dining room with a view out over the sea to the ice flows and islands of the Antarctic, those who have opted to go out in the Zodiacs will make their way down to the ‘mud room’ to put on waterproofs and boots prior to boarding the boats. Out on the sea we may have a morning of whale watching or tour the coast to view the gathered wildlife who are often as curious about us as we are to see them. On some days we will make landfall and it will usually be necessary to disembark into a few inches of water on the shore. Here we can explore the ice cap or get up close to penguins and other Antarctic seabirds and mammals. After our morning’s exploration we return to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon there will sometimes be an opportunity for another Zodiac tour or we can go out to the viewing decks to watch Antarctic life from the ship. Dinner is a three course meal served in the main dining room and this will be followed or sometimes preceded by a presentation from one of the Antarctic experts on the expedition staff. We end the day in the pub or lounge chatting about the day’s sights and activities.

A carefully chosen team will lead your voyage. The MS Expedition ships boast an international team of professional naturalists and lecturers. Their goal is to provide an informed and balanced interpretation of the destination, accomplished through stimulating lectures, day-to-day briefings, and informal discussions. Your lecturers and Expedition Leader will cover all aspects of the voyage including ornithology, marine biology, geography, geology, history and the environment, as well as practical things like photography. The expedition staff work conscientiously with you on deck and in the field, improving your observational skills to allow you to experience all that the destination has to offer. Their strong sense of ethics and ecological knowledge make for stimulating and mindful conversation whether onshore or at the dinner table. The Expedition Staff will pilot the Zodiac landing craft used for shore landings and Zodiac cruises; they are experienced drivers who operate the Zodiacs in a responsible manner.

It is not practical to set a recommended amount for personal spending money on a trip like this. All meals while on board and the daily Zodiac excursions are included in the price. The main extra spend on board will be on drinks and this will vary greatly from person to person. As a guide, we recommend you allow $10-15 per day for tips to your crew and expedition staff. You will also require approximately $15 - $20 per meal while you are staying in Ushuaia. It is possible to withdraw cash US dollars from ATM’s in Ushuaia. On board ship, bar bills can be put on a tab and paid at the end of the cruise by credit or debit card. We recommend that you bring a minimum of US$200 in cash for emergency situations where you are unable to withdraw money from ATMs.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to the staff who have assisted you on your expedition. Tips do not form any part of the wages of the staff but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally tips are collected by the Hotel Manager at the end of the voyage and distributed amongst the crew and Expedition Staff. The Officers in charge of the ship choose not to participate in the tipping pool. As a guide, we recommend that each group member contributes around $120 - 180 to these tips.

There is no weight restriction on baggage other than that imposed by your carrier (please note that the baggage limit on the domestic flight between Buenos Aries and Ushuaia is 20kg). However, we ask you to restrict your luggage to one main bag and a small daypack which can be carried on the plane as cabin baggage. We recognise that for some of our holidays and for some of our travellers, the KE Trek Bag (see below) may not provide the best solution when packing for your trip. A bag with fitted wheels or a holdall with more than one compartment and more than one access zip can, in some circumstances, be more appropriate. We have no problem if you choose to use an alternative bag.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Note that a maximum of 20kg is allowed on the internal flight between Buenos Aries and Ushuaia. Please restrict your baggage to one main bag (your KE Trek bag) and a small daypack. Dress on board is informal. Beware of tight clothing that leaves no room for trapped air, which is an excellent insulator. Wool, silk and some of the new synthetic fibers, like polar fleece, retain heat better than cotton.

You must bring the following items:

  • Causal shoes / Trainers or similar for onboard

  • Rubber boots (Wellington boots)*

  • Walking shoes*

  • Socks (Warm, high wool or similar socks worn over a thin pair of silk, polypropylene socks should provide enough warmth and insulation for your feet. Bring several pairs of socks, since you will inevitably get your feet wet)

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Trekking trousers

  • Waterproof trousers

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

  • Underwear

  • Baselayer shirts / fleece

  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Scarf and/or buff

  • Sunglasses

  • Gloves or mittens (Thin polypropylene gloves under warm and waterproof outer gloves is a good combination)

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles 1 Litre x1

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small towel

  • Selection of dry bags (to keep rucksack contents dry)

  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

  • Small daypack

  • Warm jacket (down)

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, and plasters. Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

The following items are optional:

  • Warm Ski pants

  • Shorts

  • Spare gloves

  • Travel clothes

  • Camera (in a dry bag)

  • Binoculars

  • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Seasickness remedy

Notes

Rubber boots / Wellington boots: Complimentary waterproof boots are supplied for the following sizes:

  • Men’s USA size 8-14 / UK size 7 to 13½ / Europe 41 to 48½
  • Women’s USA size 3 to 9 / UK size 1 to 6½ / Europe 33 to 40

If you have different feet sizes to these you should bring your own rubber boots. These should be rubber, waterproof boots that are just below your knee with a strong, ridged non-skid sole.

Although this is not a trekking trip, there is the opportunity to sightsee around Ushuaia. If you intend to make the most of these opportunities, you should make sure that you take suitable footwear.

Kayak Excursion (pre-booking essential) If you choose the optional Kayak Excursion please ensure you have enough layers with you to keep you warm. You will need thermal underwear and vest (note that cotton is not acceptable), polypropylene/ pile (polar fleece) trousers and non bulky jacket, a fleece or tight knit wool cap (X2), a neck tube or balaclava, mid weight fleece gloves. You should also take dry bags for personal gear/camera. You will be supplied with: Kokatat Supernova Paddling suits, paddles, floatation vest, spray skirt, neoprene pogies (paddling mittens) and neoprene booties. You will be required to have with you thermal layers suitable for temperatures ranging between -5ºC (23ºF to +7ºC (45ºF)

Camping Excursion (pre-booking essential, over 18yrs only) If you choose the optional camping excursion you should pack an extra fleece or 2 (plus a down jacket) for the chilly evening on the snow. You will be provided with: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat & emergency supplies.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Argentina

UK passport holders do not require a visa for short stays.

For USA passport holders there is a $160 fee to enter the country from any entry point – land, sea or plane and is valid for 10 years. It is required that fees are paid online PRIOR to arrival. For further details please visit http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/accesibleingles

Transit via USA

You will require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is USD$14 and you should apply for it at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. With the ESTA complete, the majority of British Citizen passport holders can enter the US under the Visa Waiver Programme, VWP. As of 1st April 2016 you will be required to have a passport with an intergrated chip. Note that if you have travelled to Iraq, Syria, Iran or Sudan in the last 5yrs you will have to apply for a visa.

NOTE: This is required if you are transiting through the USA 

Transit via Brazil

US passport holders must obtain a Brazilian visa prior to arrival if they will be in Brazil for more than 6 hours.

Transit via Canada

From 15 March 2016

All citizens (except for USA citizens) will require an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any Canada-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is CAD$7 and you should apply for it at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.asp

NOTE: This is required if you are transiting through Canada

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The unit of currency in Argentina is the Peso. 

When on the ship everything is priced is US$.  If you are paying in cash you will need US$, if you are paying by card your bank will use their exchange rate.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

On the ship you will need a plug / adaptor with European 2 pin round holes.  There are also 110-volt shaving sockets in the bathroom for electric razors only.

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on an active holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Although this is principally a cruise holiday you will have the opportunity for walks on the Falklands and South Georgia and also on the Antarctic Peninsula. Also a basic level of fitness is required to get in and out of the Zodiacs.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

In South Georgia and along the Antarctic Peninsula, temperatures as high as 15°C have been recorded, though during the Antarctic summer temperatures are typically between 0 and 2°C. The wind will be a significant moderating factor and you must come prepared for ‘real feel’ temperatures as low as -20°C. While the Falkland Islands do receive considerable rainfall, the Antarctic is technically classed as a dessert averaging 166 mm (6.5 in) of precipitation per year. Although you are unlikely to experience any precipitation in this part of the voyage, storms can and do occur.

  • South: The Endurance Expedition. Ernest Shackleton

  • Natural History of the Antarctic Peninsula. Sanford Moss

  • The Heart of the Great Alone - Scott, Shackleton 

  • David Hempleman-Adams Polar Exploration

South Shetland Islands. British Antarctic Survey

The South Shetland Islands at 1:200,000 from British Atlantic Survey is a visually impressive topographic and bathymetric overview map of the South Shetland Isles, based on satellite imagery. Double-sided and split into three smaller maps - Livingston Island on one side, around Elephant Island and King George Island on the other.

Extend Your Holiday

Extensions

When booking your holiday, you will be able to 'add an extension option'.

Once we have received your booking we will contact you to discuss additional services required for the extension and to take any additional deposit.

Antarctic Camping Excursion

On the day of the camping expedition dinner will be served onboard - eat heartily as there will be no personal snacks allowed onshore as per IAATO regulations. After dinner you will go by Zodiac to the campsite and after setting up camp for the evening, you will have time to explore the area and enjoy the Antarctic evening.  The following morning, wake up time will be about an hour before ship's breakfast, allowing time to collect and stow our equipment before journeying back to the ship by zodiac.

 

Previous camping experience is not necessary, but members of the camping group will be asked to help put up tents under the instruction of the expedition leader. As we are in a ecologically sensitive environment, we ask that members of the group, follow closely the instructions of the expedition leader in order to minimize impacts, and ensure that we at all times, meet and exceed IAATO regulations. Safety is always paramount. Each camping expedition is restricted to a maximum of 20 campers and will be accompanied by a minimum of two experienced Expedition Staff members.

 

Communication with the ship will be maintained throughout the excursion and we carry emergency rations in the event that our schedule becomes extended as a result of weather conditions. Accommodation on the camping expedition is twin-share. Single travellers will be paired with other single travellers of the same sex.

Antarctic Camping Excursion

From $380 per person

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Antarctic Sea Kayak Excursion

Going eye to eye with an inquisitive whale is a rare and special moment that will carve itself into your memory. Kayaking isn't just an outdoor adventure, it's an opportunity to experience these remote regions from another vantage point.  You'll venture out to sheltered bays and areas known for calmer waters and take part in group kayaking trips led by our experienced and skilled leaders. No other activity gets you as close to the natural environment!

 

Kayaking excursions are dependent on weather but kayakers can expect around 4 trips per cruise. Previous kayaking experience is strongly recommended. You do not need to know how to roll a kayak or do a self-rescue. Professional guides will be onboard to help you with new skills or to offer coaching to improve your paddling performance. It is essential to book early for this experience.

Antarctic Sea Kayak Excursion

From $960 per person

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